Aviation

Flight attendant takes Qantas to court after slipping on wet stairs

A flight attendant is suing Qantas for more than $300,000 after slipping on wet stairs while exiting a plane.

Margaret Chapman, 47, suffered multiple injuries to her upper body after a fall in 2015 at Brisbane Airport, which left her with a “permanent impairment”, according to The Australian.

Chapman, who was left with shoulder, neck and thumb injuries, is reportedly suing the airline for $315,000 in damages.

A statement filed in the Brisbane District Court said Qantas should have known that using mobile stairs from aircraft in inclement weather would expose flight attendants to the risk of slipping.

It was also claimed that Qantas should have provided stairs that were not slippery when wet and should have provided training and instruction in the safe manner of descending the mobile stairs in wet weather.

A Qantas spokesperson told Travel Weekly the airline was unable to comment due to the case being before the court.

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